Study Abroad in Oxford

Photos courtesy of SLC students Molly Hart, Jordan Sjol, Erica Gilman, and John Webley
Students at a party for their tutors
Students in the dinning hall at Wadham
Students in a hall at Parliament
Students "punting" in Oxford
Students swimming in a lake at Oxford
Students outside the Churchill War Rooms
Students at the Warden's house
Students eating dinner before seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company
Student outside the Ashmolean museum
Students in the fellows' garden
Students on a trip to London
The Merifield dorms
The view from a student's room in Merifield
Student outside the Bodleian
Student at Stonehenge as part of core program
A typical Oxford street
The river running through Oxford
Students at Blenheim Palace
The last song at a bop
Inside the Bodleian Library
Sitting room in the Bodleian
A church in Oxford
Students at Blenheim Palace
Students at "Queer Bop"
Students at the Isle of Man


Among Sarah Lawrence's many study-abroad opportunities is the year long program at one of the oldest and most respected Universities in the world: Oxford. Oxford provides an unparalleled system of education: the pursuit of individual interests in tutorial work supervised by an exceptional faculty, complemented by a broad core curriculum. In your tutorials it's just you and your tutors, one on one, all year long. And then there's the location. Known as the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford has for hundreds of years been home to scholars and young people who have gone on to shape the world—and it will become your home, a city that blends English past and international present, natural beauty and urban energy.

Program Highlights

  • Study one-on-one with leading scholars
  • Experience one of the most vibrant and stimulating academic communities in the world
  • Participate in the student life of an Oxford College
  • Explore historical and culturally significant sites throughout Britain in the Core Program

About Oxford and the Program

You could study abroad just about anywhere, so why choose Oxford?

To study at the Oxford is to join one of the world's most culturally vibrant and intellectually stimulating communities. Students come to Oxford from around the world to experience the brilliance of its scholars, the beauty of its architecture, and the wisdom and depth of its tradition.

Founded in 1984, the Sarah Lawrence at Oxford Program is open to students from all undergraduate institutions and is limited to just 30 students annually. If admitted, you will be considered a Registered Visiting Student, a status that gives you access to an educational experience comparable to that enjoyed by Oxford undergraduates.

Beginning in late September and ending in late June, the academic year is divided into three eight-week terms. Each term, students take two courses—tutorials—for a total of 10 credits. Students who successfully complete the entire program will earn 30 credits. Students will also participate in the Core Program, an opportunity to partake in lectures, events, and field trips.

Sarah Lawrence is affiliated with Wadham College, one of the 39 undergraduate colleges that constitute the University of Oxford. Wadham is currently home to 450 undergraduates, 150 graduate students, and a faculty of more than 80 fellows and tutors. Learn more about Wadham College»

For American liberal arts undergraduates, Oxford provides a transformative educational experience. The proof of this claim is in the institution's 900-year track record. More than 45 Nobel Prize winners have studied or taught at the institution, as have 25 UK Prime Ministers. A tiny sampling of those who have studied at Oxford includes President Bill Clinton, William Penn, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, philosopher Thomas Hobbes, and a long list of writers, from poets John Donne and T.S. Eliot to novelists Monica Ali and Helen Fielding to playwright Oscar Wilde, and many actors and comedians including Michael Palin and Rosamund Pike. Studying at Oxford University as an undergraduate Visiting Student is unlike any educational journey one would experience in the United States.

For information about our office and staff, please visit the Wadham College Web site.